Native American

  • November 16, 2009

    High Court Rejects Bid To Sack Redskins Trademark

    The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case brought by a group of American Indians claiming that the Washington Redskins name is offensive and disparaging and that the football team's trademark should be canceled.

  • November 10, 2009

    EPA Settles Idaho Superfund Cleanup Suit For $12M

    The city of St. Maries, Idaho, and Carney Products Co. Ltd. have reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to clean up a Superfund site in St. Maries, at a cost estimated at more than $12 million, EPA has announced.

  • November 2, 2009

    Indian Tribe Wins Dismissal Of Cigarette Tax Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed a putative antitrust class action that sought to nix a Washington Indian tribe's cigarette tax, saying the plaintiffs failed to exhaust their remedies in tribal court.

  • October 29, 2009

    1st Circ. Rejects Challenge Of LNG Lease Approval

    Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe have again been shot down in their attempt to challenge a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to approve a lease of a plot of the tribe's land for the construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas facility, contingent on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval.

  • October 28, 2009

    Dismissal Of $1.8B Indian Casino Judgment Appealed

    Plaintiffs have appealed a district court's decision not to enforce an Indian tribal court's $1.8 billion judgment against casino giant Harrah's Operating Co. Inc. in a spat over casino development, finding the case had already been resolved by a binding oral agreement.

  • October 15, 2009

    Retired NFL Players Add To Unpaid Likeness Complaint

    A group of ex-NFL players pursuing a putative trademark infringement class action against the league has amended its complaint to include former Rams and Redskins safety Toby Wright, expanding the scope of its allegations that the NFL has been profiting off the unauthorized use of the players' likenesses without authorization or compensation.

  • September 29, 2009

    Tribal Court's $1.8B Judgment Against Harrah's Nixed

    A federal judge has declined to enforce a Native American tribal court's $1.8 billion judgment against entertainment concern Harrah's Operating Co. Inc. in a spat over casino development, finding the case had already been resolved by a binding oral agreement.

  • September 28, 2009

    Dow, Pharmacia, BNSF Cleared In Minn. Superfund Suit

    A judge has let Dow Chemical Corp., Pharmacia Corp. and Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. off the hook on a set of environmental and personal injury claims related to dioxin contamination at the St. Regis Co. Superfund site on an American Indian reservation in Cass Lake, Minn.

  • September 16, 2009

    Sonnenschein Adds New Energy Sr. Managing Director

    Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP has beefed up its energy and regulated industries practice with a new senior managing director, who hails from a consultancy firm that advises American Indian tribes and other clients on energy projects.

  • September 15, 2009

    Redskins' Trademark Win Appealed To High Court

    Arguing that a recent ruling by a federal appeals panel is at odds with well-established precedents and does not properly apply the doctrine of laches to certain trademark cancellation petitions, a group of American Indians has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes that it will reinstate claims seeking to strip the Washington Redskins of trademarks the plaintiffs find offensive.

  • September 10, 2009

    7th Circ. Won't Review EPA Air Quality Ruling

    The state of Michigan has been denied a review of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruling imposing stricter air quality controls on emissions producers in and around an American Indian tribe's lands.

  • September 4, 2009

    9th Circ. Backs US In $42M Waste Cleanup Suit

    A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision in favor of the U.S. in which the owners of an illegal waste disposal business were found liable for extensive cleanup on a property on a California Indian reservation.

  • September 3, 2009

    State Dept. Sued For OK'ing Tar Sands Pipeline Plan

    Environmental and Native American groups responded Thursday to news of a planned pipeline to import oil from Canada with a lawsuit accusing the U.S. State Department of supporting the import of “dirty oil.”

  • August 19, 2009

    Occidental, Tribes Agree To Wash. Bay Cleanup Deal

    Two Washington state Indian tribes, along with federal and state agencies, have agreed to a $1.6 million settlement in a Superfund case against Occidental Chemical Corp. over two sites in Tacoma's Commencement Bay polluted with arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper and polychlorinated biphenyls.

  • July 30, 2009

    $1M Verdict Against Tribe's Insurance Broker Upheld

    A Connecticut appeals court has affirmed a jury verdict awarding the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians close to $1 million in a dispute with its longtime insurance broker, who was found to have doctored the tribe's group life insurance policies and allowed a health policy covering hundreds of its employees to lapse.

  • July 28, 2009

    US Must Account For Tribal Land Oil Funds: DC Circ.

    A federal appeals court has handed a partial victory to plaintiffs in a 13-year-old class action filed by American Indians against the U.S. government for allegedly mishandling trust funds holding oil, gas and other proceeds from tribal lands, ruling that the government must make a more thorough accounting of the funds.

  • July 23, 2009

    Okla. Damages Claims Tossed In $600M Poultry Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed Oklahoma's damages claims against Tyson Foods Inc. in a more than half-billion dollar suit over pollution in the Illinois River watershed, saying the state's failure to join an American Indian nation in the action is unfair.

  • July 20, 2009

    9th Circ. Says Tribe's Casino OK Under NEPA

    The National Indian Gaming Commission did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to prepare an environmental impact statement in connection with the construction of a Washington casino owned by the Nooksack American Indian tribe, a federal appeals court has ruled.

  • July 17, 2009

    Q&A With McKenna Long's Richard Hankins

    It is astonishing how little most people know about the U.S.’ treatment of Native Americans. It’s even more astonishing how this ignorance continues to cause courts and governmental agencies to disregard their rights so cavalierly, says Richard B. Hankins, leader of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP's labor and employment group.

  • July 14, 2009

    Bankruptcy Judge OKs CDX Affiliate's Ch. 11 Plan

    A Texas bankruptcy judge has signed off on CDX Rio LLC's first amended Chapter 11 reorganization plan, which includes an amendment settling the U.S. government's recent objections that Rio's asset sales ran afoul of rules governing the transfer of oil and gas leases on tribal land.